February 15, 1923 ~ May 10, 2005
VanderLeest, Warren Claude, was born on February 15, 1923 in Grand Rapids, Michigan to Henry and Lillian VanderLeest. Warren moved to Los Angeles, Ca. in 1935. After attending Washington High School he served 3 years in the Navy during WWII, being discharged in 1946 as a Specialist Gunner First Class. Married to Jean VanderLeest (deceased) for 46 years, he studied at CSULB and UCLA, earning B.A. and M.A. degrees. Warren taught at Mira Costa High School in Manhattan Beach, Ca. for 30 years until retiring at the age of 62 to enjoy his ''golden years'' biking along the beach, building model train sets, and gardening at his Hollywood Riviera home. A member of Seaside Community Church for over 25 years, Warren served as usher and greeter, always welcoming all in attendance with a warm smile and a handshake. He was involved in numerous community organizations including Riviera Little League, Torrance YMCA, Palos Verdes Pop Warner Football, Redondo Masonic Temple, South Torrance High Booster Club, and many others. Warren is survived by his three children Christine VanderLeest, Candace Starkey, and Wayne VanderLeest, his son-in-law Joseph Starkey, and his two grandsons Michael and Gregory Starkey. A viewing will be held at the White and Day Colonial Mortuary in Redondo Beach on Friday, May 13 from 5-8 pm. Funeral Services will be held at Seaside Community Church in Torrance on Saturday, May 14 at 10 am, with interment following at San Gabriel Cemetery at 1 pm.
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